TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill to prohibit candidates from withdrawing from an election unless they die received first-round approval in the Kansas House.
The bill also would require political parties to name another candidate to fill ballot vacancies. It is a response to a controversy last year when Democrat Chad Taylor withdrew from the U.S. Senate race a month before the Democratic primary, leaving independent candidate Greg Orman the only challenger to Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.
Republican Rep. Mark Kahrs, of Wichita said during debate Wednesday that similar situations should be prohibited.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the bill was requested by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who tried to prevent Taylor’s withdrawal from the race.
Democrats argued the law would cause problems when a candidate becomes incapacitated but doesn’t die.
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